Although this year may have not allowed us to go on the most exotic holidays, we believe your family staycation can be just as fun if done in the right way. The UK is a beautiful country with plenty of stunning landscapes and resorts to choose from.
Before booking the long-awaited holiday when there are no travel restrictions in place, there are a few things to consider. These tips will help you make sure that you know exactly what to look for when choosing a property for your family staycation.
- Choose the location carefully
Ensure that you check how long it will take to get to your chosen destination and plan the route you will take to get there, including breaks to stretch your legs. Whether you are driving, taking a train or a bus, knowing how long and easy your journey would be is key to holiday planning. Finally, check out how close your location is to restaurants, shops, or attractions of the area. Sometimes the walk to a local supermarket can feel longer than the hike you went on that day.
2. Check your budget
Although you may have decided that the cost of your stay is within your budget, don’t forget to add up all the contingency expenses. The cost of the transport, food, or the extra equipment you may need are the first ones that may come to mind. This is particularly important if you are travelling a long way to your getaway. Consider that some properties may charge extra for the facilities and services they’re providing. So, it’s advised to keep in mind and be prepared for any unpredicted expenses, just in case.
3. Book in advance
Many regions in the UK have soared in popularity due to the rise in staycation holidays, so once travel is on the cards again, ensure you don’t wait to book your first choice. The coastal haven of Devon has stunning and charming accommodation to choose from, such as Branscombe beach chalets from Sweetcombe Cottage Holidays which are in demand. So once you’ve chosen the type of accommodation best suited to you, from cottages or townhouses to breath taking coastal chalets, make sure to book your stay well in advance.
4. Consider your family’s needs
When travelling alone, it’s easy to remember everything that you need to prepare for your holiday. Yet, when you’re taking care of the arrangements for children or spouses, it’s important to keep in mind all their needs. It can be that they prefer self-catering, they need a parking space or disability-friendly facilities, so it’s key to bare this in mind.
5. Prepare to leave
There are many things to remember when you’re going on holiday. But to make it easy for you, we’ve added the few things you might forget to our checklist:
- Unplug all your electronics before you leave
- Make a list of all the items you need packing with you
- Put your work email on automatic reply
- Get your family’s favourite board games
- Lock the doors and windows
By being prepared and researching the region well, you can avoid any unnecessary stress and in your family staycation, you are more open to relaxing and enjoying your time away.